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*This press release posted below comes to us from the newly founded Internet Infrastructure Coalition. Structure Research is proud to be a founding member and we encourage everyone to visit the Coalition’s site to learn more.
Internet Infrastructure Coalition Launches with 42 Members
Group to Provide a Public Policy and Advocacy Voice to Ensure the Future U.S. Growth
of the $46 Billion Internet Infrastructure Industry
Washington, DC – Today, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) marked its official launch with a video announcing the group’s formation from i2Coalition co-founder and Board Chair Christian Dawson. With 42 current member companies, i2Coalition is comprised of key players representing global and U.S. Internet infrastructure providers and related tech firms. The i2Coalition will fill a void by serving as the public policy voice of the Internet’s infrastructure, helping to ensure the future of this vital engine for economic growth and innovation. The group’s charter members will provide leadership for the i2Coalition, and includes representation from cPanel, Rackspace, Softlayer and Endurance International Group. The inaugural video highlights the mission and goals of the organization, and details the role the coalition will play working with its members to represent the best interests of the public it serves and the industry it represents. Visit www.i2Coalition.com to view the video.
The i2Coalition supports the trailblazing enterprises that make significant private investments and drive innovation for the “nuts and bolts” of the Internet – including web hosting and data center providers, registries and registrars, software and service delivery and cloud computing services. The genesis of the organization began in 2011, when many of the i2Coalition’s founding and charter members joined forces during the successful effort to prevent the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) from becoming law. After mobilizing to ensure the Internet’s free flow of information and commerce, Dawson and other executives realized the ongoing need for an industry voice. The coalition is dedicated to educating the public, policymakers, opinion leaders and the media and will strive to share best practices among its members to promote the financial and innovation benefits that the industry delivers.
“We believe the continued expansion of the Internet is vital for fostering economic growth in the U.S.,” said Christian Dawson, i2Coalition co-founder and Board Chair. “The i2Coalition will serve as a liaison between its members, the public they serve and policymakers to ensure that the Internet infrastructure industry continues to harness the full potential it has for creating jobs and driving innovation in the United States.”
i2Coalition members share a common goal: to be the principle voice and leading advocate for the Internet infrastructure industry. The coalition will facilitate public policy education and advocacy, develop market-driven standards formed by consensus and give the industry a unified voice. Members will receive the support and tools they need to be heard in Washington and by their state and local officials across the country.
“Tens of thousands of people work on the Internet, and the hosting and software fields are still growing. Legislative issues that would harm the Internet’s future growth will continue to arise,” said Dennis Johnson, i2Coalition board member. “As the WebHostingTalk.com lead administrator, I believe that creating an organization to represent our voice needs to become a priority.”
According to a market research study by Tier1 Research, the Internet infrastructure industry generated and estimated direct and indirect $46 billion in annual revenue in 2010 with expected 20% growth by 2013, and a trade flow to the United States of $9.2 billion. New jobs more often than not require a reliable infrastructure for the Internet, and the industry drives innovation at every level.
“The services provided by the Internet infrastructure industry are now fundamental in our society. As a group, we have the opportunity not only to help policy, but to help shape the future of the Internet,” said David Snead, i2Coalition co-founder and board member.
Companies that serve the Internet infrastructure such as web hosting and data center providers, registries and registrars, software and service delivery, cloud computing services and related industries are invited to join the i2Coalition. Interested parties can visit http://i2coalition.com/get-involved/ for more information about membership. The founding members are listed below.
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) supports those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, and we treat it like the noble profession that it is. We believe the continued growth of the Internet is vital for growing an environment of innovation and seek to engage in ways to foster success of the Internet and Internet infrastructure industry. We seek to influence decision makers to weigh decisions on whether they are good or bad for the Internet economy and its foundational industries. In short, we seek to foster growth within the Internet infrastructure industry by driving others to harness the Internet’s full potential. To learn more about i2Coalition, visit www.i2Coalition.com.
i2Coalition Board of Directors
David Bryson, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Endurance International Group
Christian Dawson, Chief Operating Officer, Servint (co-founder and Board Chair)
Dennis Johnson, Senior Community Advisor, iNET
Aaron Phillips, Vice President of Operations, cPanel, Inc.
Alan Schoenbaum, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Rackspace
David Snead, Attorney, W. David Snead P.C.(co-founder)
i2Coalition Founding Members
A Small Orange
Black Lotus Communications
Cheval Capital, Inc.
Endurance International Group
Green Olive Tree
Handy Networks LLC
Open Spectrum Inc.
W. David Snead P.C.
World Wide Web Hosting Inc.